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Definition: Neo-Nazi from The Macquarie Dictionary

an adherent of any form of Nazism founded or revived since World War II.

Plural: Neo-Nazis


adjective /nioy-'natsi/ /neeoh-'nahtsee/

of or relating to such a person or such a form of Nazism.

Neo-Nazism noun

Summary Article: NEO-NAZISM
From Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration

Nazism and neo-Nazism can be traced to the regime of Adolph Hitler, who led the revolution in Europe and incited World War II. This xenophobic regime was distinguished by racial intolerance, tracing back to the radical chiliasts of late medieval Europe. These Christian fanatics believed that they were the chosen people of God to be saved from an impending catastrophe that would soon end the world. These sects also believed that a Golden Age on earth would soon begin, without the outsiders who were perceived as degraded and unworthy to survive in the new kingdom. These apocalyptic views continued into the early twentieth century, when two new factions were identified as Nazis and fascists, typified by dictatorship, suppression, and racism. As these new parties in Germany and Italy regenerated in World War II, they continued to follow their ancestral roots by anticipating the world’s demise, which would destroy the infidels, leaving only the fascists and Nazis to rule the new Teutonic civilization. Representatives of the Aryan Elect then began a new era of contemporary traditional socialism that deviated from the norms of all other nations and cultures. This new order included effective practices and policies that divided other national cultures through the use of psychological estrangement, extremism, pluralism, mobilization, and status displacement, leaving the cultic milieu world strangely unified in only one respect: The total cultural system was fully separated from the dominant orthodoxies of the surrounding society.

Today, schools around the world have become dangerous places for students. In most nations of the world, teenagers and children have experienced violence in their schools, including harassment, injury, trauma, and death, and educational sites have become frequent locations for violent events. Many schoolaged children have been harassed in the past three decades. These harassers are often neo-Nazi extremists who select their victims on the basis of the race, religion, color, disability, national origin, or ancestry of the students. These neo-Nazi groups include skinheads, White supremacists, and the White Aryan Resistance, a virulent hate group founded by William L. Pierce, who founded the neo-Nazi National Alliance in the United States. Members of these militant groups also use school grounds to intentionally recruit school-aged youths, who are easily persuaded to join these groups because of social deprivation and lack of family interpersonal bonds.

Neo-Nazism continues to flourish in the new millennium because of overlaps with social class, causing racially bifurcated societies, inequalities between class and/or race, technological divides, and global competition, which divide the haves and have-nots of the world. With the death of Pierce, their leader, neo-Nazi sects have splintered into underground groups but will surely reemerge and reconstruct their ranks and continue their neo-Nazi mission to follow Hitler and the socialist doctrine as long as inequities exist in the nations of the world.

    See also
  • adolescence; at-risk students; authority; critical race theory; dropouts; eugenics; fascism and schools; Holocaust education; homophobia; immigration, history and impact in education; minorities, in schools; peer interaction/friendships; personality; queer theory; right-wing politics, advocates, impact on education; school safety; terrorism; three-factor model, five-factor model; vandalism in schools; violence in schools

Further Readings and Resources
  • Addington, L. A. (2002). The Columbine effect: The impact of violent school crime on students’ fear of victimization at school. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University at Albany, SUNY.
  • Ezekiel, R. S. (1995). The racist mine: Portraits of American neo-Nazis and Klansmen. New York: Penguin Books.
  • Mann, M. (2004). Fascists. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Carole Funk
    Copyright © 2006 by Sage Publications, Inc.

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